Yo, Adrian! Stephen Starr and his Starr Restaurant Group team up with Aramark Sports + Entertainment for a new Wells Fargo Center restaurant.
As of late afternoon on Monday, Philly restauranteur Stephen Starr, his Starr Restaurants Group, Wells Fargo Center and the Aramark Sports + Entertainment team announce their new co-joined restaurant on the arena’s brand-new Club Level, “Adrian”.
More than likely in dedication to Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky and his paramour in the Philly-based film series, but let’s not assume. Then again, it has already been hinted that the new restaurant’s décor – taking the place of The Grille at the arena – will have a Philadelphia sporting theme, so why not assume?
Based on what looks, so far, like a comfort food, American-style menu, Adrian is promising everything from crab cake appetizers and French onion soup to “a variety of perfectly charred steaks, chops, sandwiches, burgers and incredibly satisfying sides… An expansive selection of vegetarian and seafood options including raw bar, Scottish salmon, whole roasted celery root, and whole branzino. And, as any good meal should end with sweets, sundaes, and cakes will be served.”
Sundaes and salmon? Adrian is trying to kill us, it seems.
“Every inch of the new Wells Fargo Center is designed to be world-class, and we’re incredibly proud to be the first venue in the world to offer a Starr Restaurant experience to our guests,” wrote Valerie Camillo, President of Wells Fargo Center, as part of this afternoon’s embargoed press release. “As we’ve transformed the arena, we’ve focused on making every part of the venue top-of-the-line, but we’ve also made sure that every part of the new Wells Fargo Center represents the great city of Philadelphia and its incredible history. Adrian is a perfect example of that – it will be a world-class restaurant with an unmistakable Philly feel.”
Adrian’s design is being handled by the Rockwell Group and will tie into “the history of Philadelphia’s sports teams with traditional accents and lighting reminiscent of an upscale tavern,” for 300 seated foodie fans. All of this should be ready to go, this Autumn, and will debut as part of the brand-new Club Level at Wells Fargo Center and its $350 million transformation.